1501 Dupont Ave. N.
The John Young House
The John Young House built in 1888 typifies the Eastlake/Stick Style we popularly refer to as Queen Anne. Mr. Young, an officer for the Marline Manufacturing Co., had this home built for his wife and daughter. The Architect, Charles Sedgwick designed numerous prominent houses in Minneapolis including another in Near North on Elwood, the W.L. Hathaway house. The Young House is a typical example of numerous Queen Anne houses built by Minneapolis residents made prosperous during the boom era of the 1880s. Few remain. Though Minneapolis has lost most of its Queen Anne houses, fortunately, there are several neighborhoods where one can experience at least a partial streetscape of these homes. One of these areas is the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Dupont Ave. N. The current owner is Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis Inc., a non-profit housing agency, occupying the building since 1991. They have recently moved and will be putting the house on the market. Though it most recently served as an office, the floor plan and the majority of the elaborate woodwork are intact. The neighborhood association will be demonstrating home restoration products and techniques during the tour. An added bonus is the incredible view of the Minneapolis skyline from the numerous balconies and windows.
1819 Girard Ave. N.
Ryan and Terri LeGros
Our home search began with our attending Neighborhood Housing Services’ home ownership class. We learned about the Powderhorn Residents Group (PRG) and their mission of restoring homes in North Minneapolis and found our home while viewing some the PRG homes in the Willard Hay neighborhood. We appreciated the great location and Downtown skyline view. During the walk-through, we were amazed at the original woodwork and quality construction both inside and out. The home is energy-efficient and everything is updated, including new appliances. The quality of work was impressive, and the price was perfect for first-time homeowners. People in this community are striving for a better quality of life, and we are excited to be a part of this mission.
We moved to the 1800 block of Girard Avenue North 10 years ago and have taken a very active role in revitalization efforts. Many homes in our vicinity have recently gone through a transition, and we have worked diligently to ensure positive solutions for each one. When our longest-standing neighbor decided to move last fall, we purchased her home at 1815 Girard and began our first single-family home renovation. Our work includes a new kitchen, the addition of a first-floor bathroom and laundry closet, as well as refinished hardwood floors throughout the home. We welcome you to our community and encourage you to explore our neighborhood, sure you’ll discover the many reasons we have enjoyed living in Old Highland.